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Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response 

Burke is admitted as a patient, along with Richard's niece. Izzie and the others fight to keep Denny alive, while Alex tries to secure the donor heart for him.


Rob Corn


Shonda Rhimes (created by), Tony Phelan | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Pompeo ... Dr. Meredith Grey
Sandra Oh ... Dr. Cristina Yang
Katherine Heigl ... Dr. Izzie Stevens
Justin Chambers ... Dr. Alex Karev
T.R. Knight ... Dr. George O'Malley
Chandra Wilson ... Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens Jr. ... Dr. Richard Webber
Kate Walsh ... Dr. Addison Montgomery
Isaiah Washington ... Dr. Preston Burke
Patrick Dempsey ... Dr. Derek Shepherd
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Denny Duquette
Loretta Devine ... Adele Webber
Brooke Smith ... Dr. Erica Hahn
Tessa Thompson ... Camille Travis
Hallee Hirsh ... Claire


Burke is admitted as a patient, along with Richard's niece. Izzie and the others fight to keep Denny alive, while Alex tries to secure the donor heart for him.

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

15 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Every episode of the show is named after a famous song. "Deterioration of Flight or Flight Response" is a song by The Flaming Lips. See more »


Dr. Miranda Bailey: Where is Christina? Where are all of the suck ups?
Dr. Preston Burke: Excuse me?
Dr. Miranda Bailey: My interns. *My* ass-kissing, surgery hungry, competetive suck ups? Where are they? Why aren't they here fetching you ice chips and morphine? Why aren't they here sucking up?
[Burke avoids her eyes and doesn't respond]
Dr. Miranda Bailey: You know something.
Dr. Preston Burke: I'm a patient.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Preston. Xavier. Burke. What have you done with my suck ups?
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Cosy in the Rocket
(Main Title Theme)
Written by Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant
Performed by Psapp
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season finale
10 June 2006 | by monkey_936See all my reviews

This episode is by far the best season finale of any show this season. The episode is so tragic and beautiful, everything is absolutely perfect in this episode and although everyone has major roles in this episode the story and drama center around Denny and Izzie. This is one that no one should miss. If you haven't ever watched the show you should because it is the best show on television and this episode proves it. The music adds so much to the show and the official website is awesome because it has a list of all the songs used for every episode. All the main characters are so interesting and real; As a viewer you like them all despite their flaws and personality issues. Anyone who watches a few episodes of this show will love it.

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